Clear Practice Padlock with Visible Mechanism - Ideal for Lock Picking Training
So you've tried picking locks and you might as well be putting a lolly-sick in there? I get it - we were all there on... more
So you've tried picking locks and you might as well be putting a lolly-sick in there? I get it - we were all there once. These days though - thankfully - we have confidence building, warm-feeling, super-duper Clear Practice Locks. Let's get picking!
Here's our 7 pin Clear Practice Padlock, complete with 2 keys so you can see how keys - and picks - work when in the lock. This is a great how-to device for learning, education and improving your lock picking technique. Give your lock picking some vision and realise your potential.
- Transparent casing allows learners to see how all the moving parts work
- Visible pin movement when a key is inserted and turned
- Visible up and down pin motions as the key slides into and out of the lock
- Works perfectly as a fully functional normal padlock
- Height: approx. 3 inch / 7.6cm
- Width: approx. 2 inch / 5cm
- Thickness: approx. 0.5 inch / 1.3cm
- Weight: 5oz / 140g
1 x Fully working, Transparent Padlock with visible mechanism
2 x Keys
- Reviews (2)
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Useful for Show-and-Tell, with an easy to improve flaw.
With the bitting of the lock I received, pins 4-6 were completely superfluous and didn't need to be touched at all. You did have to manipulate pins 1-3, but there was so little variation between them, it was trivial to pick the lock using *only* a tension wrench. Seriously, I even picked it open with one hand behind my back and using nothing but *half a paperclip* as a combination tension wrench/pick. It's a pretty show-and-tell piece to display how pin tumbler locks work, but mine, at least, was worthless as a practice lock. So, with nothing to lose, I figured I'd try my hand on the insides, perhaps changing the bitting somehow or otherwise "improving" it. It was obvious that the "Lokko" nameplate was where the pins, springs, and mechanism were inserted, so I opened the lock and used a tension wrench through the open hole to pop that oval plate off. This was quite easy and non-destructive (no glue to contend with, just a friction fit). Once the lock was open, I carefully tipped out one of the springs and top pins. Turns out, the top pins are actually key pins (with a "flat" end and a "pointy" end), and they're in the lock with the tapered end toward the shear line. A very simple fix to greatly improve the lock is to tip each spring and top pin out, then drop them back in with the flat end toward the shear line (the point toward the spring). With that very slight change, the difference between pin 1 and pins 2-3 now mattered, and I also needed to manipulate pin 6. Pins 4-5 were such that the pin is already at the shear line with no key inserted, so there's no helping that, but at least it's effectively a four-pin lock now. I'm tempted to shuffle the key pins, too, so it's a more interesting bitting much better for practice, but if I do that, I can't show-and-tell using the keys to demonstrate how pin tumbler locks work. Two stars, then, for having to correct the top pin assembly problem and then still only ending up with effectively 2/3 of the pins as the lock shows.
Great for practice
You might send basic instructions for setup and a second key with a different configuration.